FourFourTwo has released the 10th incarnation of its 100 Best Players in the World list, built off advice from European experts and even MLS authorities (whose recommendations they promptly funneled into this story about players who didn’t make the cut).
The list counts four Gunners among the world’s top talents, with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil ranking among the elite at numbers 17 and 20 respectively. Santi Cazorla came in at 86, presumably to rub salt in the wound of his absence (#prayersforsanti), and Arsenal number one Petr Cech comes in at number 99.
While an arbitrary ranking of fundamentally different players from widely varying leagues may not carry much weight outside of barroom debates, the fact that Alexis and Özil cracked the top 20 is indicative of their stature on the world stage.
Both are reportedly holding out for Pogba-like wages in their ongoing contract negotiations. Considering that the United forward was listed just a few spots higher than Alexis at 14 (largely based on his performances before arriving in Manchester), it’s difficult to argue a pay raise isn’t fair.